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More on U of T’s J-School program

I came across some more information on the University of Toronto’s proposed journalism program in The Varsity (the university’s student paper). I’m not sure why I didn’t see this article before.

Unfortunately, it might not be exactly what I want in a graduate school. The idea is that it will train individuals with a specialty to report in their ‘niche’:

“Doctors, lawyers, grad students, advocates, and other people with substantial life history would participate in a program tailored to their niche. While learning the fundamentals of journalism, students would focus on reporting in their specific fields and would begin freelancing by second semester.”

The details of the program have not been disclosed, but there are a few questions. Will freelancing be a requirement for graduation, like an internship? What if articles in your ‘niche’ are of low demand? How would they select applicants from different niches?

It seems there will be some technical training of some kind, as offered at other grad schools: “Students would be taught how to create a personal studio, complete with all necessary tools for reporting through multiple platforms on the issues relevant to their work.”

The world “freelance” in the description scares me. I do not want to, and cannot, make a living as a freelance journalist. Perhaps I should backtrack. Lately I’ve been questioning attending J-school. Journalist jobs (as of today) are hard to come by, it’s a competitive and tough industry and doesn’t have a high starting wage.


Stop Asking About Jack Layton’s Illness

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I just have a few quick points to make regarding this Globe and Mail op-ed titled, “What if Quebeckers had known the whole story about Jack Layton?”:

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Ways to Avoid the (Dreaded) Unpaid Internship

Since I attacked journalism last time, I thought I’d set my sights this week on a topic that I’ve read a few articles about: the unpaid internship. The most recent article I have read is one by The Globe and Mail, which, despite its redundant headline, argues pretty strongly for the “No” side on whether unpaid internships are ethical.

Much of the time, the types of industries that offer unpaid internships are those that are competitive, i.e. difficult to break into, such as film, journalism, media, art, etc. While some people feel like it is a good opportunity to gain contacts and work experience, others are of the mind that it is unethical and a euphemism for slave labour. I’m in the latter category.

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Review: Party This Weekend

Photo: Shy hipster Derek (right) shares a drink with barista Jamie (left) at Party This Weekend (Samantha Jung Photo)


This weekend I attended the opening night of Party This Weekend (PTW), a production put on by House Party Collective. The play is an unusual production; it breaks the fourth wall, meaning there is frequent interaction between the audience and the actors. Read the rest of this entry

My New Strange Love: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love [PR]

Almost everyone I know is aware that from a very young age, my answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was always “a journalist.” While I have not given up on journalism altogether, I have done a lot of introspection over the past year, and have concluded that I will no longer be actively pursuing this career path.

It is not because I was influenced by Kai Nagata’s quarter-life crisis that resulted in his exit from one of Canada’s top broadcast organizations (more on that later). I just realized that, even though I can have it, I’m pretty sure I don’t want a journalist’s lifestyle.

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Help me get an A!

For my term paper for Cultural Psychology, I have to compare two or more cultures on an issue or need.

I have chosen to look at the role of the mother in the family, and will be comparing Filipino and Western cultures (in general).

This is where I need your help! As part of my research, I would like to interview a few of you to ask you a few questions on the role of the mother in the traditional Western/Filipino family. If you don’t feel too comfortable, just send me a message/e-mail with a few of your thoughts.

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The EUS doesn’t endorse pranks?

Today’s edition of The Ubyssey contains their annual article about UBC’s Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) and their penchant for pranks—or in the case of the last few years, lack of the hilarious and mildly annoying deeds.

One line in particular stood out to me, however:

“Pranks have never been endorsed by the Engineering Undergraduate Society,” said EUS VP Communications Will Gallego. “The EUS does not condone pranks of any kind.”

Oh reaaaallly?…I wrote the article on the students who were arrested for attempting to hang a VW Beetle over the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in February 2009 and found something interesting. In the “Engineers’ Handbuk”, it outlines the types of patches that students can get to decorate their Engineering letterman jackets—including patches for successfully pulling off a prank. See the infographic taken from The Ubyssey below (February 2009):

It’s also right here on their website. A “STUdeNt projecT” is what Engineering students call pranks.

Just some food for thought.

Rethinking Leadership, Networking and Lollipop Moments

On January 8, 2011, I participated in my first-ever UBC Student Leadership Conference (SLC). The SLC is a one-day, student-organized conference at UBC that connects student leaders with alumni and motivational speakers.

The theme was “Rethinking Leadership,” and the conference was very successful at presenting different perspectives on what the word leadership means.

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2010 in review

[This is an automatically-generated post from WordPress. I did not write it. I’d thought I’d share my first year of blogging stats with you!]

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!

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The Walrus: “Too Brazen”

I just wanted to post this blog entry from Jeet Heer on The Walrus’ blog. I agree 100 per cent with its take on the “Too Asian” issue.